As a new, updated version of the NHS Organ Donor Register is officially launched across the UK today, it was revealed that 41% of Scots are on the organ donor register. This is the highest percentage of the population of any of the countries in the United Kingdom.
The NHS Organ Donor Register is national database allows people to record their wishes about organ donation. For the first time, the new register will enable people in Scotland to record their choice not to be an organ donor should they wish
If you are already a registered organ donor there is no need to re-register, all existing registrations from the old NHS Organ Donor Register have been transferred to the new Register by NHS Blood and Transplant.
Public Health Minister, Maureen Watt, said
The new NHS Organ Donor Register provides a more modern system which extends the choices people can make.
Whether you choose to be an organ donor or would like the NHS to know your decision not to be one, I would encourage everyone to take some time to think carefully about the important issue of organ donation and make your wishes known through the new Register.
However it is also vitally important that people make their wishes known to family and friends so that those wishes can be honoured in the event of a loved one’s death.
While joining the Register is important, two thirds of people who donated their organs in the last five years weren’t on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Families who are aware of their loved one’s organ donation wishes are twice as likely to say ‘yes’ to donating their organs.
If you register without telling the people closest to you, it may come as a surprise to them. Knowing organ donation is what you would have wanted could make their decision a lot easier to live with at a time when they are trying to deal with their loss.
Therefore the new Register provides an ideal opportunity for people across Scotland to make sure their choices are up-to-date and to talk to family and friends about their decision to donate.
Registering as an organ donor is simple and quick. One organ donor can help transform the lives of up to seven people.
If you wish to register an organ donor just visit http://www.organdonationscotland.org/ and spend 2 minutes filling out the registration form. This simple step could help transform lives of others